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Extra Steps You Can Take Today To Protect Your Dog’s Health

Dogs depend on us to provide the means for them to live full and healthy life. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“ is a sound idiom to follow when developing a plan to meet our dog’s healthcare needs. With that said, there are many things you can do to promote and protect your dog’s health.

Extra Steps You Can Take Today To Protect Your Dog's Health

Healthy Diet

Given the endless options and types of dog foods available, it can be very difficult to determine which product is best for your dog.

Learn how to read and understand the ingredient label found on every pet food product.

You should also talk with your veterinarian regarding your dog’s specific nutritional needs.

You will need different types of food for each age and breed.

Be sure to dog-proof your home

Trash cans should be covered or kept inside a latched cabinet.

Toilet lids should be kept closed to prevent the drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals.

Be knowledgeable about the plants in your house and whether they are toxic to your pet if ingested.

Doing these simple things can help prevent potentially dangerous situations for your pet.

Providing routine dental exams

Just like humans, dogs can develop gingivitis, tooth infections, and broken teeth.

Not only painful, but poor dental health will affect your dog’s overall health and well-being.

Your dog’s teeth should be routinely cleaned by a professional, like those at MontClair Veterinary Hospital.

Owners should brush their dog’s teeth between cleanings.

Provide proper shelter for your dog during cold weather

Though some breeds have heavy coats that can protect them from the snow and cold.

Most dogs are as vulnerable to the cold as we are and can suffer frostbite and hypothermia.

Shorthaired and toy breeds may even need to wear a jacket or sweater.

Keep your dog current on vaccinations

Illnesses such as distemper, rabies, kennel cough, and hepatitis can be avoided simply by keeping your dog up to date on vaccinations.

This is especially important if you board your dog overnight when you are leaving town.

By being proactive instead of reactive to our dog’s health issues, we will be able to provide them with the best care possible.

Better care for our canine family members means that they will have a longer and happier life and we will have a greater amount of time to enjoy them.

Debbie P

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Thanks for sharing these are very important tips.

Amy Orvin

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

I am always looking for ways to keep my dogs and cats healthy. The only thing listed that I don't currently do is the dental exams. I don't brush their teeth either. I feel so bad about it.

Sara Zielinski

Monday 4th of January 2016

Keeping your dog healthy is very important.

Chelsi Smith

Monday 4th of January 2016

These are such great tips. Thank you so much for posting this.

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